The Sip

Founder of new Oakland Wine Festival spills the grapes

There’s no shortage of places to sip a casual glass in the Bay Area—or events that pair many sips and bites. But when was the last time you took a deep dive with a vintner at a wine festival?

Are you ready for a better IPA?

The first craft beer I ever drank was an IPA smuggled from a friend’s older brother’s minifridge. It tasted bitter and pungent and, to my Michelob-enlightened palate, unfit for immoderate teenage consumption. I swore it off. But when I tried it years later, I loved it: the golden orange color, the bold hoppy flavors. Now this was an adult beverage, I […]

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Win a trip to a hop farm

Goose Island Beer Co. is a craft brewery based in Chicago. I should say, it used to be a craft brewery. In 2011, it sold 58% of the company to Anheuser-Busch for a cool $38.8 million. Which, if you’re a pint-fisted craft purist, is like being kicked in the belly by a team of Budweiser Clydesdales. Still, I’ve had their beers and they’re […]

The only margarita recipe you’ll ever need

  There are plenty of days—most, I’d say—when it’s a good idea to go out for margaritas. Cinco de Mayo is not one of them. Hitting the bar or restaurant that claims the best margarita in town on the 5th of May is like buying long-stemmed roses on February 15. It’s a rookie move, and you’re not a rookie.